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Why the Social Trinity is Attractive

September 1st, 2016 / 4 Comments

Many smart Christians affirm the idea of the social Trinity. And yet Keith Ward says it’s a “bad idea.” It makes sense to evaluate the reasons some Christians like the social Trinity idea on the way to proposing an alternative. In my previous post, I noted that Ward believes Christians should not say God is […]

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Rejecting the Social Trinity

August 31st, 2016 / 5 Comments

In his new book, Christ and the Cosmos, Keith Ward argues that “the idea of God as a sort of society is a bad idea.” I think he’s right. But the social Trinity concept is so popular that rejecting it may sound heretical! Of course, making sense of the Trinity is difficult. Some of the […]

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Opening to Adventures in Prayer

August 30th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Cathy Lawton My husband and I have a bee hive in our backyard, and I have planted many nectar-producing flowers for the bees. We also grow vegetable and berry gardens. Since we welcomed bees into our gardens; the flowers, berries, and herbs have flourished noticeably more. I’m sure the salvia flower stalks […]

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The Love of God in Daily Life

August 26th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Jeffrey Wattles Talk about an idea with implications for how we live! If I believe that God—the good, true, and beautiful universal creator; mightier than all others; the only One who exerts might upon all that exists; the ultimate source of might for all others—loves me, then I want to experience this. […]

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Rapunzel’s God

August 23rd, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Nathan Croy The story of Rapunzel describes the inverse relation between faith and fear. Rapunzel is a beautiful young girl who is locked away in a tower. She’s fed a consistent diet of lies about the dangers of the outside world. The lies are told to keep her physically, emotionally, and psychologically trapped. […]

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What Use is God?

August 12th, 2016 / 4 Comments

Guest Post by Robert D. Cornwall What use is God if God can’t or won’t prevent evil from occurring? That’s a question people have been asking for millennia. Theologians and philosophers have done their best to offer answers defending God (the term for this is theodicy), but the question keeps arising. It would be easier if […]

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Flexible Callings

August 11th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Jonathan Orbell Allow me to begin with a confession. I often find myself envious of peers whose callings seem clearer than mine. They are budding doctors, lawyers, academics, architects, designers, ministers — the list goes on and on. I admire them; for the surety with which they pursue their vocations conveys a confidence […]

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My Struggle with Uncontrolling Love

August 9th, 2016 / 2 Comments

Guest Post by Jason Newman   We all want to love and be loved. Most of all, we want to believe that God is Love. But as I read through Thomas Jay Oord’s new book, The Uncontrolling Love of God, I found myself struggling. It took me a couple days to figure out why. Oord’s […]

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Second Comings: The Religion of Small Things

August 5th, 2016 / No Comments

Guest Post by Jay McDaniel (and part of the Uncontrolling Love project) Two years ago I was looking out my window and saw the second coming of Christ. It only lasted fifteen seconds, but was impressive. It came in the form of an action undertaken by my next door neighbor, a fifteen year old teenager named […]

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